Great vision is a key attribute to becoming a skilled hunter. Proper eyewear will protect your eyes, enhance your ability to spot your target, and increase your marksmanship. Different lens colors can enhance visibility by providing better contrast for hunters. What color of lens should you choose to increase this contrast? This brief guide will help you determine the best fit for you.
- Yellow lenses block haze and blue light, which helps increase contrast and depth perception. The brighter yellow the lens, the better for seeing in low contrast and near-dark settings.
- A light purple, vermilion, or rose color is good for enhancing the orange of a clay target against a background of the sky and trees.
- Gray lenses help wearers see targets exactly as they are. While gray lenses do not enhance the target, they do help reduce glare from bright sunlight.
You should consider a few other attributes when you are looking for hunting glasses, which are polycarbonate (impact resistant) lenses and polarized sunglasses. All safety glasses are made with polycarbonate lenses, which are impact resistant. This feature helps make them less likely to break when they are hit, which provides superior protection. Polarized sunglasses reduce glare caused by sunlight reflecting off water and other flat surfaces. This will help with not only hunting, but fishing as well.
In contrast, you should avoid mirrored lenses because reflecting light can scare the animals you are trying to hunt, making sneaking up on them more difficult. Unfortunately for many hunters, one lens shade does not fit every situation. However, there are some brands that allow you to exchange out the lenses depending on the activity, which provides both cost savings and versatility.
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Dr. Travis Zigler
Optometrist and Co-Founder of Eye Love